Rainforest News

Rainforests are dense, tropical or subtropical forests that are characterized by high levels of rainfall, typically receiving over 1750-2000 millimeters (69-78 inches) annually. These vibrant ecosystems are incredibly diverse, housing an estimated half of the world’s plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Rainforests are crucial for maintaining global biodiversity and play a vital role in regulating the Earth’s climate by absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide. They are commonly categorized into two types: tropical rainforests, which are found near the equator and include the Amazon and Congo rainforests, and temperate rainforests, which are found in coastal, cooler regions like the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Despite their ecological importance, rainforests face significant threats from human activities, including deforestation, logging, and agriculture, leading to habitat loss and a reduction in biodiversity.